After the track surface problems of the opening day of running on Friday in Indonesia, Saturday’s test was a more normal day for the field as they continued their preparations for the 2022 campaign.
Suzuki’s day was made more complicated by the fact several of its team members have tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday – according to rapid test results – and this affected 2020 world champion Joan Mir more.
Team-mate Alex Rins topped the first hour of the eight-hour session with a 1m31.884s, before KTM’s Brad Binder moved to the top of the timesheets with a 1m31.814s to see out hour two top of the standings.
Binder – whose KTM team has primarily been searching for rear traction this pre-season so far – remained at the head of the timesheets until the final hour.
Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo, who admitted on Friday that the base of the 2022 Yamaha is sorted as there have been few updates brought to the bike since the Sepang test, took over from Binder with a 1m31.564s.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
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As riders familiarised themselves with the Mandalika International Street Circuit, a number of them went over the limit.
Mir was another to come a cropper at Turn 1, while there were spills for rookies Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini), Marco Bezzecchi (VR46) and Raul Fernandez (Tech3), and for Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and Pramac’s Jorge Martin.
Marini would hold onto top spot through to the chequered flag to end Saturday as the top Ducati, pipping Honda’s Marc Marquez by 0.192 seconds.
Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales leaped up to third late on, while Quartararo and Mir rounded out the top five.
Testing in Indonesia concludes on Sunday, with the session starting at 9:00am local time (1:00am GMT).
Day 2 results:
|1||Luca Marini||VR46 Racing Team||1:31.289|
|2||Marc Marquez||Honda Team||1:31.481||0.192|
|3||Maverick Viñales||Aprilia Racing||1:31.516||0.227|
|4||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha MotoGP||1:31.564||0.275|
|5||Joan Mir||Team SUZUKI||1:31.586||0.297|
|6||Johann Zarco||Pramac Racing||1:31.586||0.297|
|7||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Racing||1:31.599||0.31|
|8||Pol Espargaro||Honda Team||1:31.605||0.316|
|9||Jorge Martin||Pramac Racing||1:31.665||0.376|
|11||Brad Binder||KTM Factory Racing||1:31.814||0.525|
|12||Franco Morbidelli||Yamaha MotoGP||1:31.849||0.56|
|13||Alex Rins||Team SUZUKI||1:31.884||0.595|
|14||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing||1:31.906||0.617|
|15||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||1:31.918||0.629|
|16||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda||1:31.980||0.691|
|17||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing||1:32.047||0.758|
|18||Miguel Oliveira||KTM Factory Racing||1:32.200||0.911|
|19||Andrea Dovizioso||Yamaha RNF Team||1:32.303||1.014|
|20||Jack Miller||Ducati Team||1:32.318||1.029|
|21||Raul Fernandez||Tech3 KTM||1:32.401||1.112|
|22||Marco Bezzecchi||VR46 Racing Team||1:32.471||1.182|
|23||Remy Gardner||Tech3 KTM||1:32.598||1.309|
|24||Darryn Binder||Yamaha RNF||1:33.053||1.764|